The GCA Annual Meeting

The Garden Club Of America’s Annual Meeting, “Hills*Harbors*Horizons*” was on May 17-19 in Boston, Massachusetts. Missy Eliot and I attended the meeting on behalf of the Garden Club of Denver.

The weekend started out very rainy and cold. On Friday afternoon, we had fantastic garden tours. On Saturday morning, we attended a business meeting that stressed the mission of GCA for the next hundred years. Then on to delegate and president workshops, with the focus on keeping our organization relevant and engaged in the modern era. The Zone XII dinner topped off the evening. On Sunday morning, we had a business meeting and garden tours to Cohasset and North Shore.

Finally, the awards dinner. What a thrill to see DBG’s Brian Vogt receive one of GCA’s highest awards, the Cynthia Pratt Laughlin Medal! His acceptance speech was warm, gentle and genuine. He focused on the importance of communities and how when these communities engage each other they allow us to do good in the world. Thanking The Garden Club of America and the Garden Club of Denver, Brian bore witness to the grace these organizations engender. 

An article about Vogt’s award appeared in the journal for the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). It is a well written tribute to their incoming president. Click here to read the article on the APGA Website.

Thank you for allowing me to attend!